Monthly Archives: April 2008

Sparta man facing animal cruelty charges

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Billy Robert Austin, 46, of Sparta, will make his initial appearance in White County General Sessions Criminal Court, on Friday, on animal cruelty charges after law enforcement discovered numerous dogs abandoned, reportedly without water or food.
“The place smelled really bad,” stated Sgt. Wade Pike, of White County Sheriff Department. “One dog was injured where he had been in a fight with some of the other dogs. It had several wounds around his legs and face area.”
At approximately 3:45 p.m., April 22, 2008, Pike was sent to a home on McMinnville Highway, where the landlord wanted to “check the condition of the house” after the tenant had … CONTINUED

“Rape, murder or abduction,” possible motive says sheriff

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Driving down the roadway after dark and all of the sudden, the unmarked vehicle in the rear turns on a flashing blue light
What would a person do? In a perfect world, an official law enforcement officer would approach the vehicle and inform the driver what he or she was doing that might be in violation of the traffic laws.
However, this is not a perfect world. While no one has been hurt yet, there have been three incidents reported about men impersonating police officers, in White County, in the past three weeks. And it is possible others have occurred in the county and remain unreported.

Butcher is on the cutting edge of recovery

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jackson Butcher gets ready for a game of “Wii” baseball as part of his therapy at Life Care Center of Sparta while Teresa Ret, a registered occupational therapist, makes sure she stays out of the way of his legendary swing.

Teresa Ret gives Jackson Butcher a big hug as she praises him for his success in completing one of his tasks.

Teresa Ret, registered occupational therapist at Life Care Center of Sparta, helps Jackson Butcher with reestablishing his coordination as he performs the task of walking a straight line.

A life-changing occurrence that literally happened in the blink of an eye has left one White County family dealing … CONTINUED

Sarah E. Hall

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Sarah E. Hall, 60, of Sparta, passed away April 26, 2008, at Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville.
Arrangements are incomplete.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Sue Oakwood

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Brenda Sue Oakwood, 55, of Spencer, passed away April 20, 2008.
Oakwood was born Nov. 13, 1952, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to Milton Yates and Willie M. Reeves Yates.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Allen Yates.
Survivors include her husband, Lewis Oakwood, of Spencer; one daughter, Brenda A. Brymer, of Spencer; three sons, Michael L. Oakwood, Whitney G. Oakwood, Dennis L. Oakwood, all of Spencer; mother, Willie Morine Yates, of Spencer; father, James Milton Yates, of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, eight brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were 2 p.m., April 23, 2008, at Spencer Funeral … CONTINUED

Tammie Lorene Richardson Hanna

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammie Lorene Richardson Hanna, 41, of White County, passed away April 24, 2008, at White County Community Hospital.
Hanna was born Oct. 23, 1966, to John D. Richardson and Della Brown Richardson.
She had been employed at Mallory Controls.
Hanna was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include two sons, John Kaleb Hanna and Jordan Cage Hanna, both of Sparta; one sister, Rita Young and husband Troy, of Sparta; four brothers, Bruce Richardson and wife Linda, Glen Richards, Bob Richardson, Ronnie Richards and wife Missy, all of Sparta; two stepbrothers, Farron Miller and Ricky Miller, both of Sparta; stepmother, Dimple Miller, of Sparta; and several … CONTINUED

William R. Snodgrass

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of William R. Snodgrass who faithfully served his country.

William R. Snodgrass, 85, of Nashville, formerly of White County, passed away April 21, 2008.
Snodgrass was born Sept. 15, 1922, in White County, Robert James and Nannie Lee Robinson Snodgrass.
He had been a comptroller, state politician, and served in the U.S. military.  He was also a member of Woodmont Christian Church.
Snodgrass was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Robert Snodgrass; and one nephew, Chris Snodgrass.
Snodgrass is survived by his wife, Faye Birdwell Snodgrass, of Gallatin; two daughters, Dr. Emily Bailey, of D.C., Plano, Texas, and S. … CONTINUED

Gibson resigns as district attorney

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The man who sat at the helm of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.
William E. “Bill” Gibson, who was first elected to the position in 1990 and reelected during each successive race, sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen, on Thursday, stating his resignation would be effective July 10, 2008.
Gibson’s actions came into the forefront when it was reported he had written letters to Christopher B. Adams, between July 2004 and July 2006, while Adams was awaiting trial for murder and aggravated robbery. Adams had pled … CONTINUED

Susie Ann Seibers Rigsby

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Susie Ann Seibers Rigsby, 60, of Spencer, passed away April 21, 2008.
Rigsby was born April 14, 1948, in White County, to Hiram Seibers Sr. and Pauline Boles Seibers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Georgia Seibers; four brothers, Sylvester Seibers, Ernest Seibers, Paul Seibers and Billy Seibers.
Survivors include daughter, Janet Eller and husband Jackie, of Doyle; grandson, Justin Eller, of Doyle; granddaughter, Chelsey Eller, of Doyle; two brothers, Mack Seibers and wife Melanie, of Sparta, Hiram Seibers Jr., of Doyle; and Stephen Coppinger, of Spencer.
Funeral services were 1 p.m., April 23, 2008, at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with burial at … CONTINUED

Leaving a legacy of love

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alice Bandy Selby poses with her husband Lonny and their grandchildren. Her passing left a deep sadness in the family, but their memories of her loving spirit fill their hearts with happiness.

Alice Selby was born March 25, 1954, in Sparta, to Merle and Dora Lou Bandy. She had two older brothers, Mark of Sparta and Floyd of Lineville, Ala.
She was very active during her school years becoming the secretary of her class. She graduated from White County High School in 1972.
Soon after high school, she married Jeff Stewart and moved to Tullahoma for a time. While there, she worked for Worth … CONTINUED

Dorothy Mildred Bowen

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Dorothy Bowen, 84, passed away April 26, 2008, at her residence in Baxter.
Bowen was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Pikeville, Ky., to Preston and Louvicie Compton Meade.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Albert Homer Meade; and two sisters Sylvia and Clara Meade.
Survivors include three daughters, Melba Abney and husband Larry of Baxter, Martha Wright and husband Robert of Taylor, Mich., Maggie Ulch and husband Danny of Fort Wayne , Ind. ; two sons, Joseph Bowen and wife Karen Lincoln Park, Mich., Daniel Bowen and wife Denise of Taylor, Mich.; one sister,  Audrey Meade of Pikeville, Ky.; sister-in-law, Tennessee Meade of Pikeville, … CONTINUED

Singled out in a crowd

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Thursday, April 24th, edition of The Expositor reported that B.K. Luna, of Luna and Son Tires, was found to be in violation of the state ethics law by doing business with the county school system. Since Mr. Luna is a county commissioner, sate ethics law prohibits such action. The penalty is a class C misdemeanor.
What bothers me is the fact that other commissioners also do business with the county, yet Mr. Luna was the only one cited. I, for one, believe that we need a strong ethics law, but how it was handled was not fair or accurate. This is not to say that … CONTINUED

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